The city of Selkirk is located 22 km northeast of Winnipeg. It was named after the 5th Earl of Selkirk - a Scotsman by the name of Thomas Douglas - who secured a grant to colonize the land (then known as the Red River area). The first settlers arrived in 1813, and the town was incorporated and named in Douglas's honour in 1882.
Things to Do
Selkirk is known, among other things, for its catfish. Accordingly, it has been nicknamed the "Catfish Capital of the World." Fishing enthusiasts need only bring their gear and head to Red River.
Get active in Selkirk at the Selkirk Recreation Complex. It holds the Selkirk Steelers' rink (the Selkirk Steelers play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League) and was co-host of the 2007 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships. Check it out!
Selkirk is also home of the Marine Museum of Manitoba. There you can view all sorts of interesting historical artifacts found in Lake Winnipeg and the Red River area.
Many tourists come to Selkirk to help honour its agriculture at the annual Selkirk Fair and Rodeo. This event celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2008!
Sights to See
When in Selkirk, look for the ship called MS Keerona, and Chuck the Channel Cat - a 25 foot long fiberglass fish.